Six workshop series at Mobile Creches with Moumita Ghosh, Delhi NCR, Oct – Nov 2018

Artreach facilitators and Grantee Moumita Ghosh lead six 3 day workshops at various centres across Delhi NCR- involving Mural painting, Puppet making and much more as part of Mobile Creches’ 50th Year celebrations. Moumita worked with children from different age groups from 3-6 years old to 6 – 12.

Mobile Creches is a pioneering organization working for the rights of marginalized children. The creche is located near construction site for children of migrant workers.  For more : https://www.mobilecreches.org/

 

Kite Mural at G1 Creche (Gurgaon) 

Children started with each one of them drawing a kite on paper, with one thing they like the most on it. The drawings were then painted on the wall by children. Each child had a colorful kite of their own flying between the clouds on the Creche wall. It was delight to see the confidence boost and smiles on their faces looking at their painting on the wall.

 

Puppet making at Bestech (Gurgaon)

Moumita taught children how to make paper puppets. They started with learning to draw faces and making masks out of those. They crafted full body puppets with moving arms and legs, which was very exciting for them. The best part was to see even the shy ones sharing stories through their puppets by the end of the third day.

 

50 years of Mobile Creches, Mural at Hemisphere (Greater Noida)

For the 50 years celebration of Mobile Creches, children painted a big 50 at the creche wall and filled it with all their favorite things. You could see animals, birds, ladoos (sweet sugary balls) and all sort of colorful things painted very skillfully and patiently by children.

 

Boat Mural at Ajnara lee Garden (Greater Noida)

Ajnara center was one of the far off centers in Greater Noida we went in. The creche was built within the small labour village. There were children from age 4 to 12 for the workshop, all excited to paint up the walls. Moumita started with teaching them how to make origami paper boats. The elder children then painted boats on the creche wall, with little ones helping them out. Each boat had animals, flowers, stars and moon drawn on them. Some children also painted passengers ready to sail.

 

Pastel drawings, leaf prints and cards at Dakshinpuri

We had a fun session painting cards and making leaf prints with 3-4 years old little artists at Dakshinpuri center. Moumita started with letting the children explore free hand drawing. They also learnt to draw faces.

 

Calendars and vegetable prints at Seemapuri

Again in Seemapuri, all the children were 3-4 years old. Moumita got potato blocks for them. They had a fun session dabbing the blocks in paint and printing patterns on paper. Later the sheets were made into a hanging calendar.

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Artreach India team at Himalayan Echoes Literature Festival, Nainital, October 2018

Artreach India conducted a week long workshop with children for marginalised communities (sweepers colony) within Nainital in collaboration with Himalayan Echoes Kumaon Festival of Literature and Arts. Children created an entire town ‘Kabaadpur’ out of waste. You can see cars, buildings, robots and dolls made very creatively using plastic bottles, tin cans, tetra packs and all kind of waste materials. They also made collage works with old magazines and newspaper cutouts.

The artworks were displayed during the festival in a public park in Nainital.

Artreach was also part of a panel presentation on Art and environment at the Festival, this talk was very well received.

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Our Programmes head, Ita Mehrotra on a panel discussion with artist Kinny Sandhu, Manish Pushkale and editor of Yatra books, Neeta Gupta.

Kriti Malini at MCD School, PTS Colony, Malviya Nagar, Sept 2018

We spent two wonderful days with artist  Kriti Malini, to paint a mural at PTS Colony Government school, Malviya Nagar with 10 children from grade 4 and 5. Students painted a colourful jungle scene filled with all kinds of animals and stories inbetween. The municipal school is run in partnership with NGO Vidya (http://vidya-india.org/)

 

Serena McLauchlan at Rays Aasha ki Ek Kiran, Jaipur, July 2018

Artist Serena McLauchlan led a marigold-mural making and pink thread installation workshop at Rays Aasha Ki Ek Kiran care home for HIV+ girls, Jaipur. The girls were absolutely delighted to work with new artistic techniques and brighten up an entire wall and staircase of their home through the process!

Serena notes after the workshop, ‘art has a wonderful power to bring people together through a common visual language. That despite race, language, class etc. the act of making something can empower and unite people.’

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Shivi Yadav at Shiksha School, April 2017

Delhi based artist, Shivi Yadav spent two wonderful days painting a mural with 10-12 years old at Shiksha Charitable Trust School, Gurgaon (http://shikshatrust.org/).

Children imagined what they would wish to see on their school wall on paper, and then painted a beautiful underwater-life wall, with a variety of fishes. They saw an animation film about a girl who made friends underwater, which sparked their imagination. They even made their own characters on a ship, sailing on the surface of the water, going on a sea voyage.

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Ita Mehrotra at Tarang Center, March 2017

Ita Mehrotra, our Programmes Head, led a 3 day comic making workshop with children from Tarang learning center in Jaunapur, Delhi. Comics are so interactive they can inspire young readers to start weaving stories of their own in image and words. Some of the children read their first ever comics and each one of them made an original two page comic of their own.

Children also explored collage making by sticking magazine cutouts and making drawings around them. The outcome was very interesting and they had fun telling stories about their funny looking characters.

Here are some glimpses from the workshop.

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